Carla Hinton
Features Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter


  • Faith Notes: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events happening in the metro area Monday, April 20, and later in the week:   Tuesday, April 21 The Edmond Baha’i Faith community is celebrating the Festival of Ridvan, the holiest period of the Baha’I calendar. The festival commemorates the Baha’i  founder Baha’u’llah’s 1863 declaration as God’s messenger for today. At […]

  • Artists prepare for Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Artists spent Monday preparing their tents and art displays for the 2015 Festival of the Arts at Festival Plaza and Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma singers take crowd on journey from 'grief to triumph'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    An estimated crowd of 1,200 attended a special concert marking the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing “9:02 We Rise to Bless You Still: Oklahoma City Remembers April 19, 1995 — a Musical Journey from Grief to Triumph” on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City remembers: Episcopal Bishop

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, recently offered the following words and prayers to members of the Episcopal Diocese to mark the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack at […]

  • Oklahoma City remembers: Archbishop Paul S. Coakley offers prayer for 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    On this day, the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley (pictured), archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, offers a special prayer. Coakley offered a prayer at the Remembrance Ceremony still under way now at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and […]

  • Story & music to stir the soul: Defiant Requiem -- Verdi at Terezin

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    A triumphant story of people who found a way to be light in the midst of darkness was told in musical form during Canterbury Choral Society’s recent performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” at the Civic Center Music Hall. I was invited to attend the event by Edie Roodman, executive director of the Jewish […]

  • Partners in spirit and hope: Churches continue to help and heal 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Churches in and near downtown Oklahoma City have continued to offer help and hope to the city and visitors in the 20 years since a bomb tore apart the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

  • Clergyman urges Oklahoma crowd to “be the peace” in the community

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The Rev. John Perkins, minister, author and social activist, was keynote speaker at several events in the Oklahoma City area as part of the recent “Reconciliation, Healing and Hope” activities sponsored by the Butterfield Memorial Foundation.

  • Popular prayer day event is moving from Oklahoma Capitol to downtown Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    The National Day of Prayer observance typically held at the Oklahoma Capitol will instead be held at in downtown Oklahoma City, said the event’s organizer Mike Jestes.

  • New faces, new places: First Baptist-OKC names new pastor

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City has named a new senior pastor. The Rev. Kent Berghuis (pictured) will be the new pastor of the historic church at 1201 N Robinson, Baptist New Global reported this week. Baptist News Global reported that Berghuis currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lansdale, Pa. First […]

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, April 18-19, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Here are several metro area faith-themed events and activities planned for the weekend: Saturday, April 18 OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Darlene Shortridge at the group’s next meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mardel, 3300 S Boulevard in Edmond. Topic will be “The Road to Self-Publishing.” For more information, go to http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com. […]

  • Islamic mosque in Stillwater also the target of vandals, Muslim leaders say

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An Islamic mosque in Edmond wasn’t the only Muslim house of worship targeted by vandals on Sunday, April 12. Several windows were shot out Sunday at a mosque near the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, an Oklahoma City Muslim leader said Thursday. Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council […]

  • Faith Notes: Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Here are several  faith-themed events happening today in the Oklahoma City metro area and beyond: — The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with the Ambassadors Concert Choir will present “My Story, My Song: Caregiver Stories and Inspiring Songs that Provide Hope, Encouragement, Faith and Peace” at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N […]

  • Money and power can't fulfill need for Christ, businessman says at Oklahoma City prayer breakfast

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Bob Williamson, of Florida, a successful businessman and entrepreneur, was keynote speaker at the 32nd annual CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Faith Notes: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events happening today in the Oklahoma City metro area: —  Terry Campbell of Falls City, Neb., will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at Del City First Church of the Nazarene, 4701 SE 26. The event is free. A love offering will be received. For more information, call 677-2330.   — […]

  • CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast: Gov. Fallin looks back 20 years

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin said she could recall with clarity how good she felt after leaving the CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast 20 years ago. The popular downtown Oklahoma City event had drawn numerous people from throughout the city and metro area to pray together and to hear the faith testimony of a Christian keynote speaker. Tuesday, […]

  • Faith Notes: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events and presentations happening in the Oklahoma City metro area today:   Mark Christian (pictured) will speak at 7 p.m. in the Scholar’s Room at Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. Christian’s topic will be “Islam & Christianity: A Former Muslim’s Perspective. For more […]

  • Baptist mission board president to speak in Edmond

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The Rev. David Platt, a prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader, will speak at First Baptist Church of Edmond on Tuesday as part of the SBC North American Mission Board’s “Send North America” gathering designed to encourage Baptist congregations to plant churches and become missionaries in their own communities. Platt is president of the SBC’s North American Mission Board.

  • Flying nun? Tulsa nun plans jump from plane

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    I was very young when Sally Field took to the sky as “The Flying Nun” on TV. I thought it was a great television show (again, I was extremely young) and even though I had no idea what a nun was, I thought it was pretty cool that Field’s Sister Bertrille could defy gravity. Comes […]

  • Luncheon forum: "Religion, Speech, Journalism and Terrorism"

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest-Oklahoma City will host a luncheon forum at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Raindrop Turkish House, 4444 N Classen. Entitled “Religion, Speech, Journalism and Terrorism,” the event will feature a keynote presentation by David Perlmutter (pictured), Ph.D., dean of Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication. In […]




Carla Hinton Fri, May. 22 2015 03:03:12 PM CST RT @ptokc: Reading "Oh, the Places You'll Go" for our last afternoon meeting of the school year. #oklaed LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 22 2015 11:06:47 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24: Carla HintonHere are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area th... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 19 2015 03:42:05 PM CST Repeat tweet with better link: Me & Katherine Freund in OKC. Read my story on her nonprofit: LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 19 2015 03:34:39 PM CST Me and Katherine Freund.. Read my story about her agency keeping older adults mobile: http//tinyurl.com/kvly5gg LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 17 2015 07:15:01 PM CST @KingDSeals @briOKC Hmm
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 17 2015 09:12:53 AM CST "Joy is a journey not a destination." - Rev. Clark Mitchell, sr. pastor of Journey Church of Norman
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:52:42 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Had phone on vibrate @ event. Would have heard message alert otherwise.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:29:18 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Rats! When is the next one?!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:26:35 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Did I miss this? Is it coming soon?
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 04:00:41 PM CST @Jeff_Lara @captcharlotte It's always inspirational!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:48:02 PM CST Oh well... the things we remember from our childhood... #StrollingDownMemoryLane
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:46:58 PM CST Baby Burger ( for me). When my parents divorced, going & not ordering the trio of burgers (because we weren't a trio anymore) broke my heart
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:44:57 PM CST I do have a sad memory about that A&W drive-in. I went there as a litte girl w/my parents& we would order a Papa Burger, Mama Burger &
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:42:55 PM CST Just drove onto NE Grand Blvd along I-44 for a story. Does anybody remember the A&W Root Beer drive-in that used to be over there?#GoodTimes
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 09:23:51 AM CST Go to LINK to see my interview w/Rev. Doug Melton & Rev. William Tabbernee. Topic: religion study LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 08:19:01 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend May 16-17: Carla HintonHere are several faith-themed events scheduled for the weekend, Ma... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 15 2015 10:26:48 PM CST Steph Curry with the deep three! #WildandCrazyPlayoffs!
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 14 2015 11:58:59 PM CST Austin Rivers the baby Clipper is making his presence felt in this series between LA and Houston. #Goodstuff
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 14 2015 10:41:39 PM CST Blake Griffin, Chris Paul & DeAndre Jordan are trying to win vs. James Harden & Co but they are getting no help from rest of the Clippers.
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 14 2015 11:59:25 AM CST RT @TheOklahoman: We'd love to hear your thoughts on @jpalmerOKC's story LINK Join us today for a pop-up conversation at…

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